Saturday, September 20, 2008

Having fun with no money

August and September are tight in our household, since I get paid on a 10 month schedule. Things get much better by the end of September, but until then, we have to make our own fun. No movies, restaurants, or trips to the zoo for us.

The upside is that, in our quest to find inexpensive entertainment, we often wind up having more fun than we'd have on a costly outing. We're more creative, and free activities usually center around simple togetherness.

Today we got a late start to our Saturday and didn't really feel like packing everyone up to go out, even though it was a gorgeous, cool day. So we had a picnic lunch in our yard. The result was lovely, one of those moments when nothing particularly special happens, but everyone feels completely content, congenial, and close.

We ate ham and cantaloupe:

We swiped each other's cantaloupe when supplies ran low:

We waved to the mailman:

We talked with our mouths full:

We even had a guest:

Who fell asleep after gorging on cantaloupe:

All in all a perfect afternoon, nothing that a movie or a shopping spree at Target could beat. Tonight: DVD, air mattress, popcorn, and late bedtimes. Good times.


Donna said...

Totoro! We love Totoro around here. Looks like a fun day!

We have similar issues in the summer, I work as a House Manager at a local theater but the season only runs from October to June. We've gotten pretty good at finding free things to do.

the mama bird diaries said...

Looks like a perfect day.

Gray Matter said...

Outside. Dammit. I always forget about outside. We had a cheap day too--5 hours of TV.

Mean Mommy said...

Oh, Gray, we have plenty of those days, too, believe you me.

Leanne said...

I like the look of the guest. Did he eat much? Is he single?

Average Girl In Average World said...

Aaww.....a picnic!

Your visitor looked stuffed, cantalope musta been delicious!

MeanMommyDoc said...

Absolutely delightful! I wish more parents understood that you really don't have to spend money on your kids to have a wonderful time. Thanks for that reminder.

MadMad said...

Sounds like a fun afternoon to me! (And I cannot believe how big everyone got since the last time there were pics! Whoa!)

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